Immigrant Detainees Being Freed From Jails And Detention Centers Around The Nation

Posted By Urban News Hour | February 26, 2013

In a move to save money, the feds Monday released immigrant detainees from jails and detention centers across the U.S.

As automatic federal budget cuts loom on March 1, “ICE has directed field offices to review the detained population to ensure it is in line with available funding,” said Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesperson Gillian Christensen.

Christensen would not give an estimate of how many immigrants were placed on “supervised release.” Advocates and immigration lawyers reported a “mass release,” including dozens of detainees from separate facilities in New Jersey, Arizona, Louisiana, Texas and Florida.

Long Island immigration lawyer Bryan Johnson said a client held in New Jersey’s Bergen County Jail called to tell him guards were freeing 12 immigrants.



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